Milan, Italy

      Galleria Vittorio Emauele II -- First built in 1878 and named in honor of Italy's first monarch, this glass-roofed, marble-floored pedestrian arcade cries MILANO with proud fanfare, and deservedly wins the envy of urban architects from the world over.  Much of the edifice was heavily bombed during WWII and rebuilt since 1943. 

Despite what could easily pass as the most glamorous shopping center in the world, the collection of retail businesses here is rather, well, pedestrian -- from fashion boutiques and jewelers to bookstores, souvenir shops, a pizzeria, hair salon and McDonald's.

This photo was taken with the Canon Pro70 digital camera.

Northern Italy 2000

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